Falcons take PAC-6 boys’ title; Hillside girls claim another crown
The Jordan boys’ team capped its unbeaten regular-season championship with a 67-49 rout of No. 2 Hillside on Friday night to add the PAC-6 Tournament title to its trophy case.
In the girls’ final, No. 2 seed Hillside upended regular-season champ Southern 60-56 for its sixth PAC-6 Tournament title in the eight seasons since it rejoined the 4-A ranks.
The Hornets were tournament runners-up their other two appearances.
Jordan (21-4) was 12-0 in the regular season and added a pair of wins in the tournament. Senior Jared Hendryx played like the league’s player of the year in the tournament, jamming Hillside’s inside game with seven blocks to go with 10 points and seven rebounds.
After the game ended, Hendryx was honored at halfcourt as the PAC-6 Co-Player of the Year along with Tyrone Outlaw Jr. of Roxboro Person.
In the opening game of the title twinbill at Northern, Hillside senior Jordyn Smith was unstoppable, finishing with 20 rebounds and a team-high 16 points despite fighting through foul issues throughout the night.
When it was over, Smith learned she had been voted girls’ PAC-6 Player of the Year.
Hillside built a 27-14 halftime lead only to see Southern storm back with a 7-0 run in the final two minutes of the third quarter, as Régene Watson hit 5 of 6 at the line and Alexis Joyner added a steal and layup with 30 seconds left to trim it to 36-32.
But Hillside sophomore Justine Lyons scored on a layup 11 seconds later and was fouled at the buzzer, sinking 1 of 2 free throws to build the lead back to seven.
An early fourth-quarter counter-punch by Southern trimmed it to 39-36 with 7:04 left when Lyons (11 points) got a put-back and Smith a free throw. Sydni-Kim Dobson missed the front end of a one-and-one and Daesha Marshall answered with inside buckets off deft passes from Mylea McKennith and Tykyrah Williams.
Northern stretched the lead to 53-40 with 3:10 to play despite the losses of Smith and Marshall to fouls in the first two minutes of the quarter. Southern trimmed the lead to four with three straight layups in the final 28.6 seconds and had a chance at tying when Williams turned it over at halfcourt with 1.7 left.
Ariana Tillman got off a 3-point attempt from the corner at the buzzer with Williams guarding her, but the shot was off the mark.
“We rebounded the ball really well — it helps when one player has what, 20?” Hillside coach Ovester Grays said. “Southern had been outrebounding people.”
On the night, Hillside dominated the boards 45-30, offsetting a 13-turnover deficit (27-14) to the Spartans.
“We missed a lot of easy layups and other shots early,” said Southern coach Monique Fearrington, who was named PAC-6 Coach of the Year after her first season. “But give them credit. They got us tonight to go up 2-1 in the season series.”
PAC-6 4-A TOURNAMENT GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Hillside 60, Southern 56
HILLSIDE — Tykyrah Williams 6, Mylea McKennith 5, Sydney Brown 2, Justine Lyons 11, Mya Webb 9, Jordyn Smith 16, Kirsten Smith 8, Daesha Marshall 4.
SOUTHERN — Alexis Joyner 8, Sydni-Kim Dobson 6, Ariana Tillman 8, Régene Watson 12, Addis Lemons 7, Bryanna Staton 12.
Hillside 15 12 12 21—60
Southern 8 6 19 24—56
3-point FG—Hillside 1 (Webb), Southern 4 (Staton 2, Tillman, Dobson). Rebounds—Hillside 45 (Smith 20), Southern 30 (Watson 9). Blocked shots—Hillside 3 (Marshall 3), Southern 2 (Lemons, Joyner). Assists—Hillside 15 (McKennith 7), Southern 9 (Dobson 5). Steals—Hillside 10 (Lyons 3), Southern 12 (Lemons 3, Joyner 3). Turnovers—Hillside 27 (McKennith 8), Southern 14 (Joyner 5, Watson 5). Fouled out—Hillside 2 (Marshall, Smith).
Records—Hillside 23-4, Southern 18-6.
Player of the Year—Jordyn Smith, Hillside.
Coach of the Year—Monique Fearrington, Southern
All-conference—Ali Cyr-Scully (East Chapel Hill); Moné Jones and Yakima Clifton (Riverside); MacKenzie Utley, Rhianna Council and Zuri White (Northern); Bayley Coleman-Cox and Salita Greene (Jordan); Jordyn Smith, Mylea McKennith and Justine Lyons (Hillside); Régene Watson, Sydni-Kim Dobson and Ariana Tillman (Southern).
Train wreck for Hillside boys from the start
In the nightcap, Hillside trailed 1-0 before the opening tip and was swatted down by Hendryx in the opening four minutes.
Hornets forward Korrin Wiggins was assessed a technical foul in warmups for touching the rim, and Hendryx hit 1 of 2 free throws before the game started.
Hillside repeatedly attacked Hendryx at the basket, hoping to get him in foul trouble, but the plan backfired as he blocked three shots in the first four minutes.
The Hornets did grab a 13-10 lead at the end of the quarter on a 3-pointer by De’Shon Self (15 points), but Jordan effectively attacked Hillside’s normally smothering pressure defense using Hendryx and other forwards as outlet targets to open a potent fast break.
Jordan led 30-25 at the half, got the lead to double digits on a steal and two layups by point guard Mike Lee and a K.J. Alston bucket off a Lee assist to open the third quarter. The lead grew to 26 in the fourth and Hillside never challenged again.
Jordan coach Kim Annas was named boys’ PAC-6 Coach of the Year after the game and was pleased with the Falcons’ performance.
“At times, it all came together for us,” he said.
PAC-6 4-A TOURNAMENT BOYS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Jordan 67, Hillside 49
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 2, Robert Robinson Jr. 1, Malik Evans 2, Isaiah Dickens 2, Ty’Quon Reid 13, Trevion Thompson 6, Marius McAllister 5, De’Shonn Self 15, Korrin Wiggins 3.
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 2, Willie Weeks 5, Darien Ortiz 12, Mike Lee 9, K.J. Alston 18, John Brown 1, Jared Hendryx 10, Tyreek Frye 8, Dustin Garner 2.
Hillside 13 14 7 15—49
Jordan 10 22 19 16—67
3-point FG—Hillside 3 (Reid 2, Self), Jordan 1 (Ortiz). Rebounds—Hillside 25 (McAllister 5), Jordan 41 (Alston 8). Blocked shots—Hillside 4 (McAllister 3, Robinson), Jordan 8 (Hendryx 7). Assists—Hillside 7 (Self 3), Jordan 17 (Lee 5). Steals—Hillside 14 (McAllister 4), Jordan 10 (Lee 3). Turnovers—Hillside 16 (Self 4), Jordan 18 (Lee 7). Technical fouls—Hillside 1 (Wiggins), Jordan 1 (Thompson). Fouled out—Jordan 1 (Thompson).
Records—Hillside 18-7, Jordan 21-4.
Co-Players of the Year—Jared Hendryx, Jordan; Tyrone Outlaw Jr., Person.
Coach of the Year—Kim Annas, Jordan
All-conference—Justen Best (East Chapel Hill); Al Hughes Jr. and Mike Tillotson (Riverside); Shamiek Wilson and Amari Hamilton (Southern), Ricky Council and Kentrell Barkley (Northern); Tyrone Outlaw Jr. and Devin Scoggins (Person); Robert Robinson Jr., De’Shon Self and Malik Evans (Hillside); Jared Hendryx, Mike Lee and Darien Ortiz (Jordan).